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So Long June,…welcome July; Let’s make some major change in lifestyle

Posted by chulalongkorn on June 30, 2008

To begin my writings, i think i might be in some kind of trouble involving money as i already spent more than i should up to left me only $80.00 to deal with many debts, hse rent, car maintenance, my meth, plus outstanding pymt to Dr Azizi for the month of April. Almost 2 months that i last taken my medication..and life became hectic for the past months when i selfishly repeat my bad habit that once had ruined my life because of it…

i don’t have any particular reason for doing such crazy things after i had decided to end the madness back in December 2007. After 4 mths of living healthy lifestyle, i finally lost the battle with the Devil and for the record, i had again crashed my brain with it, things that i shouldn’t do in the very first place.!!! i don’t know, maybe i haven’t got the strength to fully cut forever!!!!!


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Euro 2008: Team Line-up for the Final

Posted by chulalongkorn on June 30, 2008


1 Jens Lehmann

21  Christoph Metzelder

Arne Friedrich

16  Philip Lahm

17  Per Mertesacker

15  Thomas Hitzlsperger

Torsten Frings

13  Michael Ballack

Bastian Schweinsteiger

11  Miroslav Klose

20  Lukas Podolski


1 Iker Casillas

4 Carlos Marchena

Carles Puyol

11 Joan Capdevila

15 Sergio Ramos


Andrés Iniesta

19 Marcos Senna

10 Cesc Fábregas

21 David Silva

Fernando Torres

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Posted by chulalongkorn on June 30, 2008

Fernando Torres was the hero for Spain by firing them to Euro 2008 glory against Germany in Vienna – and ending 44 years of underachievement.

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres celebrates his winner

Torres struck in the 33rd minute at Ernst Happel Stadion and despite the efforts of Germany skipper Michael Ballack, they held on to their lead to spark wild celebrations in Austria’s capital.

Heavyweights in European football who produce a constant stream of individual talents, Spain had not won a major tournament since 1964 but finally shook off their tag of being chokers, not able to cope with the pressure of the highest stage. They have also been perceived as a nation divided by their regions – the lyrics to their national anthem are not used – but full-back Sergio Ramos had kept mentioning the word “united” this week, and when Torres secured the Henri Delaunay for them they were just that. Just shy of his 70th birthday, Luis Aragones will now leave his post as coach, probably for Fenerbahce, as a champion. Vicente del Bosque has been tipped to take over and he will inherit a young squad who have their sights on the World Cup. While Portugal appeared destabilised by Chelsea announcing Luiz Felipe Scolari as their new coach during these finals, there were no signs of the same happening to Spain following Fenerbahce’s statement revealing Aragones as their new boss on the eve of their semi-final.They finish as the tournament’s top goalscorers, helped by Torres who took the Premier League by storm with 33 rookie goals for Liverpool. He was not on the top of his game for the whole of the tournament, but the 24-year-old stepped into the shoes of David Villa when Spain needed him. “Viva Espana” sang their fans before the sangria started flowing. This was billed as a clash of Germany’s efficiency and power versus Spain’s fluidity and creativity which were on display as Russia were swept aside in the semi-finals. Germany’s drive came from Ballack, with the Chelsea midfielder passed fit despite carrying a calf injury on the eve of the final. ‘Against the odds we will win the trophy’, read one headline from a German newspaper on the day of the game – and Ballack was seen as the key to their chances. They had been inconsistent in the group stages, then stuttered past Turkey after outmuscling Portugal. Only Ballack’s level of performance had been high throughout all of it but he ends the tournament a ‘nearly man’ again. Six years ago he missed the World Cup final through suspension just after Bayer Leverkusen missed a trio of chances for silverware. This season Manchester United pipped him to the Premier League and Champions League – and he finds himself the bridesmaid once more. Facing Ballack was a Barcelona-bred wall of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas in midfield, with Arsenal’s youngster getting his chance following Villa’s injury. But before they were allowed to impose themselves on the game, Germany had already wasted two early chances. Ramos lost his bearings and gifted a pass straight to Miroslav Klose, whose poor touch let him down as he sped past Carles Puyol – and the opportunity had gone. Then Thomas Hitzlsperger was teed up on the edge of the area by Klose but could not get purchase on his shot. Spain started to move through the gears after their double reprieve, never looking back after they were let off the hook. Their opening chance came after a Xavi pass had split the German defence to find Iniesta on the left. When the cross came over, Christoph Metzelder sliced towards his own goal and Jens Lehmann, the oldest player to feature in a European Championship final, athletically tipped around the post. The post came to Lehmann’s rescue when Torres climbed above Per Mertesacker to meet Ramos’ centre – but the Liverpool man was not made to wait long for his goal. It came 12 minutes before the break when Xavi played the ball beyond Philipp Lahm. The full-back was favourite to clear but Torres used pace and muscle to get around him and chip over Lehmann before celebrating his goal by sucking his thumb. It could have got worse for Germany had David Silva not volleyed over wildly when found at the far post by Iniesta. And German fans feared the worst when Ballack was forced off with a cut eye, but he returned after getting the bloodied injury treated twice. He was also booked along with opposing captain Iker Casillas for talking back at the referee. Spain had chances to make it comfortable after the break, with Lehmann saving from Ramos’ header and Iniesta getting a drive cleared off the line. Their own indiscipline almost cost them when Silva butted his head towards Lukas Podolski – but no card was shown. Torres was taken off in the 78th minute, with his job already done in waking the sleeping giants of European football.

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Fabregas inspires Spain to face Germany in Euro 2008 Final

Posted by chulalongkorn on June 27, 2008

Superb Spain stormed into their first final in 24 years by rolling over in-form Russia at Euro 2008 in Vienna.

On another wet night in Austria, Luis Aragones’ men attacked throughout and scored second-half goals through Xavi, substitute Daniel Guiza and David Silva to claim their fifth win in as many games and set up a title showdown with Germany on Sunday.

The outcome prevented the Russians, who lost 4-1 to Spain in their opening game, from making their first appearance in the final since the break-up of the Soviet Union.

Spain were on top at the Ernst Happel Stadion in the first half but had no goals to show for their efforts and, after losing the tournament’s leading goalscorer David Villa to injury in the 34th minute, their prospects did not look bright.

Arsenal playmaker Cesc Fabregas, who converted the winning spot-kick to beat Italy in a penalty shootout in the quarter-final, came on and excelled just as Guiza did when he replaced Fernando Torres.

Russia coach Guus Hiddink made one change to his starting XI with Vasili Berezutski replacing suspended defender Denis Kolodin.

Spain boss Luis Aragones fielded his strongest line-up with Torres playing alongside Villa.

Spain came flying out of the traps and almost took the lead after just five minutes when Villa fed Torres inside the area but the Liverpool striker’s close-range effort was parried away by goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev.

Russia meanwhile, struggled to get past the Spanish defence.

With 10 minutes played, Villa’s right-footed effort from the edge of the area was saved by Akinfeev.

The Russians weathered the early storm and began to grow in confidence, with Roman Pavlyuchenko hitting a powerful strike that went straight into the hands of Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Andres Iniesta missed a golden chance to put Spain in front in the 26th minute when he was unable to control Xavi’s clever pass into the area.

Casillas came to the rescue for Spain on the half-hour mark, diving full length to palm away Pavlyuchenko’s curled effort from the edge of the area.

The Spanish were rocked shortly after, when star striker Villa limped off and was replaced by Fabregas.

And the Russians almost took the lead seconds later.

Pavlyuchenko chested down Ivan Saenko’s cross inside the box but fired wide, much to the relief of Casillas.

But back came Spain and Ramos got past his marker before firing just wide of the near post.

Torres should have put Spain in front before half-time. Having perfectly controlled Fabregas’s pass, the striker could only manage a weak effort that proved an easy save for the keeper.

Spain picked up where they left off after half-time, and their efforts were rewarded five minutes into the second half.

Xavi played in Iniesta down the left, before finishing his team-mate’s cross from inside the box with a well-timed run into the box.

Torres almost made it 2-0 shortly after, with his curled angled effort from Fabregas’ assist going just high over the bar.

Hiddink reacted to going a goal behind by making a double substitution with Bilyaletdinov and Vladimir Bystrov replacing Igor Semshov and Saenko.

But it was Spain who looked more dangerous.

Torres twice had the opportunity to double Spain’s lead thanks to two sensational Ramos passes but the Liverpool striker could not hit the target.

Aragones made Torres pay for those mistakes as he brought on Guiza to replace him.

And the move was an inspired one as Guiza made it 2-0 in the 72nd minute.

Fabregas played in Guiza inside the area who lobbed Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev.

With Russia offering little opposition, Spain continued to surge forward and put the game beyond their rivals’ reach with nine minutes remaining.

Fabregas’ perfect ball found Silva inside the area, who fired past Akinfeev to start the fiesta for the Spanish fans.

With two minutes left, Russia almost got a consolation goal but Casillas made a stunning save to deny Bilyaletdinov’s header from Andrei Arshavin’s cross.

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Lahm seals German’s place in Final..

Posted by chulalongkorn on June 26, 2008

Philip Lahm struck a 90th-minute winner as Germany claimed the first final berth at Euro 2008 as battling Turkey’s fairytale run finally came to an end at St Jakob-Park in Basel.

A much-weakened Turkey side had dominated the first half but were only level at half-time after Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger had cancelled out Ugur Boral’s opener.

The second half was a more even contest and looked to be going to extra-time after Germany striker Miroslav Klose and Semih Senturk of Turkey had each scored in the final 11 minutes.

But there was still time for Lahm to smash home the winner as three-times European champions – twice as West Germany in 1972 and 1980 – reached the final, where they will meet either Spain or Russia.

Turkey, playing in their first Euro semi-final, had captured the imaginations of the neutral after staging remarkable comeback victories in their previous three matches, but with a team ravaged by injuries and suspensions a first ever final appearance was always a tough ask.

Despite that though, the makeshift Turkish side were still quicker out of the blocks, with Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann needing to be alert to efforts from Colin Kazim-Richards and Hamit Altintop in the first 10 minutes.

Turkey then struck the woodwork in the 13th minute through London-born Kazim-Richards, whose rising shot crashed against the top of the crossbar from 12 yards out following Ayhan Akman’s cut-back.

The Germany defence was all at sea in the opening stages, while there was little to encourage Joachim Low’s side going forward either as Turkey bossed proceedings.

It was therefore not unexpected when Turkey took a deserved lead in the 22nd minute through Ugur Boral.

The chance came after Kazim-Richards had hit the Germany crossbar for the second time – this time with an effort which looped up into the air and onto the bar – and Boral slotted home the rebound, despite Lehmann’s best efforts on the line.

Turkey’s joy was short-lived though, as Germany equalised with their first chance of the match five minutes later through Schweinsteiger.

Lukas Podolski sent over a low cross from the left and Schweinsteiger darted in front of Mehmet Topal and with the outside of his right foot guided the ball across Recber Rustu and into the far corner of the net.

Opportunities were coming thick and fast at both ends with Semih’s header saved by Lehmann, who was then almost left red-faced by Altintop’s deep free-kick, which the former Arsenal goalkeeper misjudged and needed to dive backwards to tip over.

Podolski then wasted a good chance for Germany when he was put clean through by Thomas Hitzlsperger, only for the Bayern Munich man to blaze over with just Rustu to beat.

Turkey goalscorer Boral stung the knuckles of Lehmann with a free-kick before Sabri Sarioglu fired just over from distance as the underdogs finished the first half just as they started it – in total control.

At the start of the second half Germany might have had a dream start had Swiss referee Massimo Busacca whistled for a blatant foul on Lahm.

There was little doubt it was a foul and the only question was whether it was inside the Turkey area or not – but the official gave nothing.

The match was more even in the second half, with the two defences looking much less charitable than the opening period.

The ever-threatening Boral fired a rare shot at Lehmann in the 71st minute before former Aston Villa midfielder Hitzlsperger saw his left-footed effort go just wide of the top corner.

Germany took the lead through Klose in the 79th minute. Rustu looked favourite to come out and claim Lahm’s lofted cross into the area, but Klose beat both the goalkeeper and Topal to the ball to send a glancing header into an unguarded net.

That might have spelt the end of some side’s hopes, but Turkey had proven themselves an obstinate opponent in the three previous matches and, astonishingly, they managed to net yet another late goal.

Sabri sent over a low cross and Semih managed to poke the ball past Lehmann at his near post.

That was not the end of the drama though as Germany showed their own determination by netting a last-gasp winner through Bayern Munich full-back Lahm, who raced into the area before being picked out by Hitzlsperger and kept his composure to fire past Rustu into the near top corner.

Germany will face Russia in Euro 2008 Final on 29th June, and it happens on my 34th Birthday. My prediction that Germany will claim victory against new Russian Tactical Game by Gus Hiddink.

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Rush Hours…

Posted by chulalongkorn on June 25, 2008

Today is the 3rd day me teaching En Ahmad our new Planning Exec. how to prepare a tender documents, seems like he adopt well to his new working environment here at Indasia Security Services Sdn Bhd. As for myself, i’ll be doing the task which i like the most, my expertise

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Giant Teams With No Luck…

Posted by chulalongkorn on June 13, 2008

A week after it started, football fans around the world had witnessed several best teams in this year’s European tournament had lost their nerves by losing to weaker side. Elite team like Italy, Germany had suffered their first defeat as early in group stage and yet both team now struggle to make it to the quarter final of the tournament. in order for them to reach the next stage, they MUST win two of their 3 matches in group stage. Italy was my favorite team and Germany comes second but surprisingly they both not performing their best play yet.

Last night the Germans had suffered their first defeat by the ambitious Croats. The scoreline was 1-2 though Podolski managed to score again in open play but it cannot stop the Croatians to claim 2nd spot in the quarter final along with Portugal who did it first yesterday by crushing Czech Republic 3-1 courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo best performance.

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Euro 2008:- Demam Bola Bermula…

Posted by chulalongkorn on June 9, 2008

Sabtu lepas bermulalah kejohanan bolasepak kedua terbesar selepas Piala Dunia iaitu Euro 2008. Disebabkan saya terlalu sibuk dengan penyediaan dokumen tender untuk JPN WPKL dan Melaka sepanjang 2 minggu sebelum ini, saya belum berkesempatan untuk meneliti setiap pasukan yang bertanding dlm kejohanan berprestij ini. Hari ini saya akan mulakan penglibatan saya dlm memberi komen serta pandangan terhadap perlawanan2 yang bakal berlangsung.

Perlawanan pembukaan antara Switzerland vs Rep. Czech berkesudahan dengan kemenangan bepihak kpd Rep Czech 1-0, gol jaringan pemain gantian Vaclav Sverkos. Perlawanan sama rata, Switzerland dinafikan sepakan penalti 2 kali bila bola terkena tangan kapten Rep Czech, Tomas Ujfalusi didlm kotak penalti tetapi pengadil perlawanan dari Italy tidak menghadiahkan penalti kpd Switzerland.

Perlawanan kedua kumpulan A antara Portugal dan Turkey berkesudahan 2-0 kemenangan kpd Portugal hasil jaringan Pepe dan Raul Meireles. Turkey tidak mempunyai penyerang yang boleh menyudahkan peluang di depan gol berbeza dengan Portugal yang sangat berbisa dibahagian attacking midfield dan  serangan. Pandangan peribadi saya, Portugal mampu melangkah sejauh mungkin jika bernasib baik mereka bakal ke Final tahun ini. Star Players termasuk Cristiano Ronaldo, Nuno Gomez,  Deco, Carvalho, Simao, Paulo Ferreira, Bosingwa dan Pepe serta tidak lupa penjaga gol berpengalaman Ricardo.

Perlawanan ke tiga antara Germany vs Poland berkesudahan dengan 2-0, kedua2 gol hasil jaringan Lucas Podolski. Ternyata Poland bukan lawan sebenar Germany apabila mereka menguasai keseluruhan padang dgn tidak memberi langsung peluang kepada penyerang Poland untuk membuat ‘shot on goal’ dibantu juga dengan kecemerlangan penjaga gol veteran Jens Lehmann yang ingin membuktikan kepada Arsene Wenger bahawa beliau masih diperlukan di Arsenal selaku no. 1 goalkeeper.

Seterusnya, tuan rumah Austria vs Croatia berakhir dengan kemenangan kepada Croatia apabila Rene Aufhauser menjatuhkan Ivica Olic didlm kotak penalti dan Luca Modric menyempurnakan sepakan penalti untuk 3 mata berharga buat Croatia.

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